22 Apr '11, 4am

Philippine landslide leaves 3 dead, 40 missing

A landslide buried shanties, tents and illegal mine shafts in a southern Philippines village Friday, killing three people and leaving at least 21 missing. Soldiers, police and miners used shovels and their bare hands to dig out 11 survivors from the mud, rock and debris that cascaded onto clusters of shanties and bunkhouses after a downpour as people slept before dawn in a village near Pantukan town in Compostela Valley province . Officials deployed bulldozers and backhoes , but small landslides delayed their arrival. Three air force helicopters helped ferry the injured to safety and move rescue equipment and security forces into the communist rebel-infested area, Pantukan Mayor Celso Sarenas said. The dead included a 16-year-old miner dug out from the mud and two men pinned by huge wooden poles that collapsed at a shaft entrance where they had attempted to seek cover from...

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